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Top 5 Holiday Road Trip Safety Tips ~ #GoodHandsRescue

The holidays are a time of celebration, and are to be spent and enjoyed with family and friends. If you're planning on driving to get together with relatives this holiday, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind. Whether you're traveling to grandma's house or your favorite vacation destination, the winter weather can make driving a bit of a challenge. That's why together with Allstate I want to share my top 5 holiday road trip tips.

This post is written in collaboration with Allstate as an Allstate Ambassador, however all opinions are mine alone.

1. Make sure your car is road trip ready. 
Visit a trusted mechanic and have your car inspected. Check your fluid levels: oil, transmission, power steering, brake, coolant/antifreeze, wiper fluids, and fill and/or change if necessary. Inspect and change your windshield wipers if worn, and be sure to have your tires inspected and rotated, or buy a new set if needed. Make sure that your heater and defroster are in good working condition and be sure to have your battery tested as well.

2. Have an emergency kit on hand
Have a first aid kit, jumper cables and a flashlight on hand. It’s also a good idea to have a blanket, and emergency food items including water available. I also recommend maintaining at least a ½ tank of gas in your car whenever you're going on a road trip before needing to fill up. Having gas in your car in the winter months will ensure that you're able to keep warm if you're ever stranded.

3. Have a roadside assistance program
Speaking of being stranded, having the availability of roadside assistance can be a lifesaver, especially when traveling at night. The Allstate Good Hands Rescue® service available in both the App store and Google Play store is just as important as your emergency kit. Allstate  has also partnered with Waze to provide roadside assistance to Waze users via Allstate’s Good Hands Rescue® service. You can request to be towed, have fuel delivered if you've ran out of gas, have your tire changed or even get a jump start. The great news is that you don't need to be an Allstate customer to take advantage of the service; the ARS’ professional roadside assistance is available 24/7 to you on a pay-as-you-go basis.

4. Map your route and check the weather
Before you leave home, be sure to check the weather. You can do a few days forecast so that you can see what the weather will be like on your way to your final destination. Pack accordingly or plan a different route if you're not comfortable with the road conditions. You can use apps such as Waze, which can help you map out the fastest route but be sure to keep an old fashioned map in your glove box in the event that you no longer have cellular reception.

5. Drive smartly
While you may be excited to begin your trip, be sure that you've gotten enough sleep before starting on your journey. Take breaks and stop when tired. Drive a safe distance behind the car in front of you in the event of sudden braking, especially if the weather is bad. Ignore your cell phone and limit distractions, such as changing the radio stations etc. If you're traveling with kids, keep them occupied with entertainment such as games, coloring books, and tablets. It's also a good idea to take along extra chargers, including portable battery packs so that they don't run out of juice.

Hopefully these tips will keep you safe on the road, and ensure that you arrive safely for your visit this holidays with family and friends.

This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.

Annmarie John
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  1. Great tips, especially #5 as the roads and weather can be unpredictable this time of the year. So better safe than sorry when driving and traveling during this time the holidays.


  2. we tend to do quite a few road trips this time of the year, and these are awesome tips! Roadside assistance is a MUST for sure, because there is nothing worse than breaking down in a different state and not knowing what to do!

  3. Thank you for this, it reminds me that we need to get the spare tire replaced and put back under the car.

  4. I remember when I lived in CA and complained about the fear of earthquakes, my boss looked at me and said, "That's nothing! We think YOU'RE nuts for driving on snowy and icy roads every winter. Much more probable and dangerous."
    He's so right! Great tips.

  5. These are really great tips for road trips! We have roadside assistance with our car insurance, it's a must have!

  6. It really is important to make sure the vehicle you'll be driving is ready. I need to put an emergency kit in our car, not only for trips, but just in case anything happens. Great tips!

  7. Great tips. We always make a list of things that need to be checked before leaving. However anything can happen on the road so i like the ideas of having this app to help out should something unexpected happens.

  8. These are great tips! It’s always good to make sure your car is in good running condition and get it checked out prior to travel and also the emergency car kit is perfect for this time of year!

  9. Roadside assistance is so important. Our car broke down on a roadtrip and thanks to the roadside assistance, we weren't stuck all night in the freezing cold.

  10. perfect quick and easy go to tips for all of us hitting the roads this holiday season, thanks for the reminder

  11. These are some great safety tips on road trip. I think I need to show this with my niece and nephew for them to know about the safety before they are going in road trip.

  12. Road trip or not, I make sure our car is fully functional before it leaves home. Keeping an emergency first aid kit is also very important, too!

  13. great tips! the worse thing ever is being broken down by the side of the road when it's cold!

  14. Emergency kits are so essential during the winter months. Something alot of people don't think much of.

  15. A road side assistance is definitely something we need. My husband and I love going on road trips together and we make sure that we have everything in our car, including a first aid kit. These are very good reminders especially since people will be traveling a lot this season.

  16. Having an emergency kit is so important. Most people don't think to have one of these in the car.

  17. I need to do some serious car prepping to get us ready for a road trip. Thanks for giving me a list to go off of.

  18. These are all great tips for winter travels. We need to be very careful when traveling in the winter because of the winter. So make sure all your things are in order before you make the trip.

  19. Making sure that you are safe as you get on the road to travel is so important. These are some great tips!

  20. Having an emergency kit in your car is so important. There have been so many times I have been thankful for it!

  21. These are great tips- thank you. We do some traveling during the holidays and it's important to always be prepared!


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